Introduction to the Animal Justice Party
The Animal Justice Party was outraged and saddened by the Liberal Party’s response to the recent live sheep export investigation. In a recent statement given by Federal Agriculture Minister, David Littleproud, he stated that sheep on dangerous summer shipments will be given more space – space which equates to less than two A4 pieces of paper per sheep, and which will not prevent sheep from suffering severe heat stress
The peak veterinary body the Australian Veterinary Association recommended that no shipments should occur during the hotter Middle Eastern summer months, yet the Liberal Party, even after publicly stating they’d back the science and research, chose to ignore this advice and will continue loading and sending ships throughout the entire year.
After the irrefutable evidence of the immense suffering these sheep endure, and the outrage of the Australian public, the Liberal Party is continuing to condemn thousands of sheep to slowly cook alive on board these ships of shame.
The spokesperson of the party added: “We will not stop until we see a complete ban on all live animal exports. As Australia’s only political party for animals, we will continue to relentlessly put pressure on Labor and Liberal MPs and candidates to acknowledge that changing the law to ban live animal exports is not only the best option for animals but for everyone involved”
On 9 June they stood together with one voice and demand a ban on all live animal exports.
The Animal Justice Party -Australia this Saturday they held a rally to Ban Live Export, with over 2000 people that gathered on the steps of Melbourne’s Parliament House.The stand to send a message that all live animal exports must stop.
According to the manifesto of The Animal Justice Party ,the party has been formed as a response to growing public concern about the neglect of animals and animal protection issues by political parties. It will give a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves. It will provide a focal point for voters frustrated by the lack of political action and who feel strongly that much more needs to be done through our parliamentary systems to assist the wellbeing of animals. There is a need for laws and processes which recognize animals’ needs and capabilities and which protect their interests, whether they are domestic, farmed or wild. The Animal Justice Party will also ensure such laws and processes are properly enforced and implemented to achieve genuine justice for animals.
Our treatment of animals and the environments we share with them are often marred by a lack of understanding, leading to disrespect and cruelty. At a time when the planet’s environment is being challenged on so many fronts, we must urgently act to ensure that all animals that both contribute to and depend on it are respected and valued for their intrinsic and fundamental roles. We need to build a new relationship with the planet that is inclusive of all of its inhabitants. With a fresh approach towards animals and the ecological systems of Earth, humans can create more rewarding and ethical communities and relationships built on deeper understandings and firm principles of justice.
The Animal Justice Party seeks a restoration of the balance between the human, natural and animal worlds which acknowledges the interconnectedness and inter-dependence of these worlds and respects the well-being of animals alongside that of humans, societies, economies, and environments.
In all its actions, the Animal Justice Party is guided by the following principles:
Each animal is the experiencing subject of a life. Animals and the natural environment should be respected for their own sake, not merely for their instrumental values.
Animals have their own capabilities which they should be free to realise.
Human interactions with all animals should be based on respect and compassion.
Humans have the responsibility to avoid harm to animals and the environment through their lifestyles, diets and practices.
The Animal Justice Party seeks the following:
A legal framework and an administrative system in which animals’ status is based on their sentience and capabilities, not their instrumental value
Constitutional protection of animals and the environment
A political decision-making process that is more responsive to the needs and interests of all animals
An end to human practices that cause pain and distress to animals
An end to the killing of animals for human benefit
An end to the exploitation and destruction of the natural environment that is the habitat of so many unique Australian native animals
Adoption by an increasing number of Australians of lifestyles and diets that are more respectful towards animals and the environment
An acknowledgment that violence and cruelty are not the default settings for society and animals, nor are they solutions for planetary sustainability.
The Animal Justice Party will:
For all animals
Develop a new legal status for animals which acknowledges their rights to live protected from human harm
Ensure consistency in the protection of all animals – companion, farmed and wild – regardless of their commercial or instrumental value, or their geographic location
Support laws, policies and practices that enhance the quality of life of animals and reduce animal suffering
Oppose laws, policies and practices which harm animals and their environments
Support and promote lifestyles, practices and diets which maximise support for, and minimise harm to, animals and the environment
Support the work of appropriately accredited volunteers who care for injured, orphaned and mistreated animals
Support commercial and recreational ventures that provide opportunities for humans to spend time with animals on the animals’ terms and in their worlds, and otherwise raise humans’ awareness of animals, their needs, and their quality of life
Promote values education that recognizes the interests and dignity of animals as individual beings.
For farm animals
Support animal-friendly farming practices
Oppose intensive farm animal production and processes that deprive animals of their basic needs and capabilities, expose them to confinement, painful procedures, temperature extremes and other inappropriate husbandry practices, and generally reduce them to the status of commodities
Oppose transportation of live animals over long distances or otherwise in ways that cause suffering, or expose them to extreme cruelty at the end of the journey
Oppose the importation of animal products derived from cruel animal production systems in other countries.
For animals used in experimentation
Support non-invasive research methods to improve human health as alternatives to the use of animals and animal products
Oppose the use of animals in any scientific experimentation that inflicts pain, stress, distress and behavioral deprivation unless it is likely to result in a net benefit to the particular animal involved.
For wild animal
Enhance animal habitats and foster healthy ecosystems through dedicated terrestrial and marine parks and wildlife corridors, land revegetation and remediation, and animal-friendly land practices
Oppose the institutional, commercial and recreational killing of wildlife
Support the development and adoption of non-invasive and non-lethal methods to control native and introduced animal populations, including fertility control and more appropriate land management methods
Support commercial and recreational ventures that seek to raise humans’ awareness of the intrinsic worth of wildlife and natural environments.
For companion animals
Support measures to protect animals dependent on human guardians and to prevent their neglect, ill-treatment or abandonment.
For animals used in sport and entertainment
Oppose the killing and mistreatment of animals in sport, recreation and entertainment.